On 21st February 1928, Mr. James Simpson Alderson wrote to the firm, asking for two quotes, enclosing two designs “for a small conservatory – or rather glass porch”, which he wanted to erect over french windows. Of the two designs, A & B, he preferred the former, “with the dormer over the door, if it will not make to great an increase in the cost.”
He was quite specific in his requirements, besides submitting two designs he added that “I should like the woodwork complete, primed and painted one coat of white paint, and the glass cut ready to put in. I have a local carpenter who does work for me occasionally who can put it up. The frame to be pulled together and then taken to pieces again for transit; I cannot get it in complete; or you might prefer to make the front end and sides in three sections to be bolted together; but I leave this to you.”
The firm duly responded with two estimates:
- Design A, with one 9ft. 6in. x 6ft. 6in. roof, one 9ft. 6in. x 6ft. 3in. front, one 5ft. 6in. x 2ft. gable and two 5ft. x 8ft. 6in. sides came out at £38 10s., which included £2 18s. 10d., for making it in sections for erection by the customer.
- Design B, with one 9ft. 6in. by 6ft. roof, one 9ft. 6in. x 7ft. front and two 5ft. x 9ft. ends was £6 15s. cheaper and £1 15s. 8d., for making it in sections.
The client chose his preferred option, design A, with the addition of rough cast glass to the roof, costing an additional £1. He also adopted the firm’s recommendation for using a single diagonal boarding scheme instead of a diamond pattern as in the original design.
The porch was duly delivered in sections, with the glass being dispatched, ready cut, direct from Pilkington’s.
The house still stands, although the porch has been replaced by one reminiscent of design B.
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